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Trash or treasure?

Stuff. Old stuff. Some people have a lot of it. Some have little. Some, like me, have no space in which to keep it, which keeps the limit down. We all, though, however small or large our dwellings, seem to have room in our lives for stuff that...

Popular name game

Beloved Internet site PopSugar has rolled out a new online "game" of sorts--what is the most popular name? The latest contest is boy's names, and the two top names battling it out are Gabriel and Lucas. Normally I would not play these online games...

How can teachers fight back against online pranks?

Back in my day, about the only way students could harass teachers outside of the classroom was to to toilet paper their house. To do that, you had to know where they lived and actually sneak out of your own house to accomplish the task. That may...

A better holiday letter: make a comic book instead

Every year I look for better ways to write the traditional holiday letter -- updating my friends and family on all the trivial, mundane, or private accomplishments that didn't make onto a blog somewhere. I've always been impressed by a couple...

Boot camp for Internet-addicted kids

Kids in South Korea take Internet gaming very seriously. Earlier this year, when the makers of the game Starcraft announced an upgrade to the popular 9-year-old game, some 300,000 fans turned up in a Seoul stadium to hear the announcement and get the...

Do you know who's using your photos?

In the last few years, there's been an explosion in the number of parents using blogs, social networking sites, and media sharing sites like Flickr and YouTube to connect with one another, and share their experiences. For many of these parents, they...

Top 50 websites for kids

Ellie loves to go online to websites where she can play games, be a fashion designer or maybe print out pages to color or paint. For the past year, we've pretty much stuck to the same few sites that we visit again and again. When she asks me where...

Teens turn to online summer school

Every spring the threat of summer school hung over every day like a dark, ominous cloud -- just waiting to ruin my vacation. I always got good grades, so it was never really a possibility, but the thought of coming back to class when I didn't have to...

MySpace, Facebook, and the real-world social divide they represent

So which is better -- Facebook, of MySpace? You'd think the answer would depend on straightforward criteria -- the usability, the layout, etc -- but a recent research paper suggests it may have more to do with your socio-economic background. dannah...

World of Warcraft makes a better world

At nine years old, Ezra Phoenix Chatterton has dealt with a lot of adversity. The biggest challenge is a cancerous brain tumor. As if that weren't enough, however, his father's house burned down as he watched. "But I really liked that house," he...

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